See and Save Wild Orchids

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 1:10pm
In her wise and elegant new book, “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants,” Dr. Jane Goodall with Gail Hudson, blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us. Continuing their exploration here, Dr. Goodall provides ideas and inspiration for what readers can do to get involved in and protect the world of plants.
Orchids grow in a variety of terrains and climates from Hawaii to the Arctic Circle, which means there are plenty of opportunities to visit them in their natural habitat. Organizations like the Orchid Conservation Alliance and Native Orchid Conservation, Inc. plan eco-tourism trips all over the world to see orchids. When visiting these plants in the wild, be mindful of the guidelines for hiking. But remember it’s especially important to never touch an orchid in the wild or remove it from its natural habitat.
There are numerous volunteer orchid protection programs around the world. You can research if there is a program in your area or travel to exotic locations for volunteer opportunities. For instance, the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation is seeking volunteers for a number of conservation projects in Ecuador, including a rescue operation for native orchids imperiled by a road construction project. For more information, visit

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